Season of Settling In

The first eight months of this year were filled with getting acquainted with our new home. Time was spent visiting, exploring, and unpacking. Over the last week I’ve felt a seismic change. Maybe it’s because the kids are back in school. Maybe it’s because we’ve left and returned to this cabin in the woods. Maybe it’s because after eight months you have to hang up the word “new” as an excuse or way of explanation. Whatever it is, suddenly it all feels a bit more real. I’m a PTO board member. We have dentists and doctors and our mail is … Read more…

Where have I been?

I know the technical and physical answer to this question. We spent almost three weeks back in Virginia. Traveling around visiting with family and friends. Remembering good times and creating memories to carry us until our next visit. Never sitting down for longer than one course of a meal. Exploring Alex’s next steps and leaving laundry in several zip codes. I learned most friendships never die and it’s easy to pick up right where you left off even if you’ve spent most of the year 3000 miles apart. But then I remembered I was living out of a suitcase and … Read more…

Six months, 5 chickens, and 1 rabbit later…

We’ve been here for just over six months. We’ve had a happy barrage of visitors in recent weeks and quite honestly I’ve been too busy picking up dust bunnies to put together many words. But I feel like I need to mark this milestone with words rather than another round of dust mopping. Six months ago I had no idea what my life would look like. I honestly had no idea if we’d find happiness ever again. I was worried that Alex would disappear in the middle of the night and catch the next ferry to the mainland. Yes, I … Read more…

Things I heart…including some great summer reads

I’m trying to revel in the fact that I get to explore a new-to-me part of the world. New scenery, new people, and tons of new experiences. I also find myself with more time and less stress. It might be because the last six months we were in Virginia were spent preparing to move, selling a house, and having Justin 3000 miles away from us. Oh, and before that I was working. The time I’ve found has been a gift for me to get myself together in many ways and I don’t, not even for one second, forget how lucky … Read more…

I will never be a professional thigh dancer…but

I adore my barre class but I hate thigh dancing…like I would probably rather do ten extra sets of planks instead of thirty seconds of thigh dancing. But that pain must mean something good is happening, right? I hope so, well actually, I know so. I’ve been taking classes at my local barre studio on Bainbridge Island since February. I started going five days a week(children permitting) at the beginning of March and haven’t looked back since. I’ve never been a group exercise girl. I’ve had many a gym membership that have grown mold from lack of use. Getting pregnant … Read more…

write

I’m an introvert who becomes an extrovert when I’m teaching a class of adorable young people or when I’m among friends and buoyed by an abundance of liquid courage. But so far, this year has been about stepping outside of my comfort zone. Leaving every comfort I’ve ever known on another coast and trying new things, some hard things. Forcing my introverted soul out into a whole new world that it must converse with. This weekend, I tried something so very far outside of the lines I maintain for myself andIi survived. In fact, as I look back and reflect … Read more…

The Many Faces of Love Collection

So I’ve just arrived back from a fabulous family vacation to sunny California and I’m about to embark on a weekend writing adventure in Orcas Island…more about both of those trips shortly. But in the meantime, I want to tell you I’m so excited to be a part of The Many Faces of Love Collection from Booktrope! The ebook collection features 9 novels about love, from heartbreak to happily ever after. Don’t miss your chance to get this long-awaited collection for only 99 cents on Amazon! Praise for the Authors “In this honest and thoughtful exploration of a marriage coming … Read more…

Applehill Farm

Our house came with a name…Applehill Farm. This city girl, born and raised just outside of Manhattan, lives on an island in a log cabin with TWO chicken coops. The early days in the house were dodgy but now my new abode is growing on me. I love the changing scenery outside my bedroom window…the starscape, passing planes, cotton candy pink clouds that rise with the sun, and the fog that nestles between the trees and runs down to the cove. To complement the scenery, we’ve acquired some living things to make our home truly feel like a farm…or a … Read more…

things i love

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a list of things I love. I’ll blame it on the move and the stress that accompanied it. Anyway, here are some things that I’m loving at this very moment… The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante – I had a hard time getting into the first book. There are so many characters and I had a difficult time keeping track of them but I stuck with it reading along not always knowing who was who. After more than 1600 pages in the series, I can tell you this ranks up as a favorite, a … Read more…

#islandlife

In my mind I imagined writing so much more once I arrived in Seattle. I thought I’d be writing blogs left and right. I thought the books would naturally start flowing again and I’d find myself with all kinds of extra time. But instead, I begin blog posts all the time but then I get tongue tied or what I thought about writing stops ringing true with my mood. I was certain I’d have my next novel ready for publication and instead my book manager is giving me a good ole kick in the pants to get it done…soon. And … Read more…